Edward Gal and Lars Nieberg both moved one step closer to qualifying for the FEI World Cup Finals in dressage and show jumping over the Jan. 28-30 weekend at Amsterdam, the Netherlands, which offered World Cup qualifiers in both show jumping and dressage.
Gal and the 12-year-old stallion Lingh returned to the international dressage arena after missing the Athens Olympics because Lingh was injured in a trailering accident. They won both the Grand Prix and the freestyle at Amsterdam. The pair, runners-up at the 2004 FEI World Cup Final, scored 81.60 percent in the freestyle.
“It’s very nice to be back with Lingh again,” Gal said. “We have not competed since Aachen [Germany] last year, and while he was a little tense at the start of yesterday’s Grand Prix, she loves the atmosphere and rises to it.”
After earning his first World Cup points, Gal said his goal is to qualify Lingh for the FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas. Nev., April 20-25. The Amsterdam show was the season